VECO Scandal: FBI Looking At How Oil Services Company Won Contracts For Arctic Research Despite Having No Experience In The Field… We Ask How VECO Got The Barbados Jail Contract With No Jail-Building Experience

Barbados Jail Builder Has A Record For Bribing Politicians To Gain Government Contracts

The FBI wants to know why oil services company VECO Corp. won federal contracts worth $170 million to provide the National Science Foundation with polar and arctic research support, despite having no experience in the field, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

VECO captured a lucrative five-year NSF contract in 1999 to provide logistics and support for polar research, although it had no previous experience in that field. During the same time period, Veco’s top executive managed renovations that doubled the size of the longtime Republican senator’s Girdwood home — the scene of a July 30 FBI raid.

VECO became of interest to Barbadians when it was revealed that one of the Alaskan politicians bribed by VECO had expected to gain a position with the new Barbados Jail as part of the bribe for passing legislation of benefit to VECO.

Despite the cost of the Barbados Jail having more than tripled since it was announced, and despite VECO’s corporate culture of corruption and taped FBI evidence showing a corrupt Alaska politician had been offered a position at the new Barbados Jail, Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall cleared the company of any wrong-doing in Barbados after a 30 minute meeting.

Neither the Attorney General nor anyone else from the Owen Arthur government has explained how it was that VECO was awarded the jail-building contract when that company had no experience in the field – or why the jail is almost 300% over budget.

Barbados Free Press tried to reach the Attorney General for comments, but he was busy on his NEW YACHT.

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10 responses to “VECO Scandal: FBI Looking At How Oil Services Company Won Contracts For Arctic Research Despite Having No Experience In The Field… We Ask How VECO Got The Barbados Jail Contract With No Jail-Building Experience

  1. TickerTape

    How do I invest in VECO?
    What’s the stock market symbol?

  2. TheWatcher

    How did these people possibly, know about our jail and then expect that they could get the slightest consideration to build it with no previous experience?
    HOW?
    What’s next? VECO Building a bridge between Barbados and St Vincent at the respective governments’ expense?
    Why do the lighter persuauion always seem to find “us” to rob and pillage?
    Now some person who has no right in Barbados will have some overpaid, cushy position at the tax payers expense. Foolishness!
    Wake up Barbados. The populus needs to demand that if you want to work here, and take away jobs from Barbadians who will have to pay taxes and who will be supporting the country a work permit is no longer adequate.
    We should require that you invest 50% of your earnings here for a minimum of twice as long as your contractural period. And that is just for starters.
    But we’ve always seemed to like outsiders better than ourselves.
    Blaming the current administration and uncovering corruption is all well and good. But what is being done about it? The BLP has always been embroiled in some sort of scandal or another. Not now, for years this has been the case. They remind me of Republicans.
    All this ranting and raving will do little to stop this sort of behaviour so what IS the solution?
    This much I do know: This is just another classic example of what happens when you have filth exposed: Flies seem to be able to detect and follow!

  3. Straight talk

    TheWatcher: you may be closer to the truth with your St Vincent bridge than what you could imagine.

    Check this blog –

    Veco and a Bridge to Nowhere
    I doubt it had much to do with the search of Alaska state lawmakers’ offices, including Ben Stevens, the son of Sen. Ted Stevens, for information on the legislators’ relationship to Alaska oil services firm Veco (whose executives are prolific campaign donors to Alaskan politicians), but it’s worth noting that Veco figures in one of the two “Bridges to Nowhere” — the Knik Arm Crossing, described here as “a proposed 13,500-ft span across Knik Arm from Anchorage to hundreds of square miles of unpopulated wetlands to the north.”

    Veco was a subcontractor (paid a little more than $42,000 in 2004) on the project (I believe they worked on the conceptual engineering process), and they also have an interest in operating in the “nowhere” that the bridge goes to — the new port facility across the Knik Arm from Anchorage:

    VECO has presented the Borough with a Letter of Interest to construct the firm’s oil/gas field modular units at Port MacKenzie. The Port MacKenzie facility offers several highly significant means of improving VECO’s competitive standing in modular construction thus providing additional employment opportunities for qualified Alaskans. The Borough is working closely with VECO to identify those capital improvements that are necessary to meet its needs.

    The same press release, from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, also notes,

    Senator [Ted] Stevens has most recently provided the Borough with an additional allocation of $4.4 million in FTA and $6 million in FHWA funds. These funds are critical to the port’s continued development. More specifically, these funds will be used to improve the transportation links between the port site and the existing labor and commercial areas that are more than an hour’s travel from the port site. For example, the last 14 miles of the Point MacKenzie Road is still a gravel surface, creating higher road and vehicle maintenance costs and longer travel times. While the road is scheduled for paving it will not occur for a few years. The $4.4 million in FTA funds allocated by Senator Stevens will be used to establish transit support for the businesses located at Port MacKenzie. …

    The Borough continues to work with business firms located at the port in their efforts to expand and is working to locate additional firms, such as VECO, at the port. … Funding provided by Senator Stevens, Congressman Young, and Senator Green are the primary reasons this opportunity is becoming a reality. The new funding allocations are critical to the port’s continued development and will be immediately utilized.

    These are the very same contractors who our new Attorney General, after investigation, has deemed suitable to be partners with the Government of Barbados.
    Perhaps he should pass on his convincing proof of probity to the FBI as they are still searching.

  4. Wishing in Vain

    Funny how the storm brews and then dies as quickly as it came.
    Sadly it is our money that these scamps are stealing and we are not making any headway in trying to obtain justice by taking them before the courts.
    We suffer daily from their gang land corruption and dishonesty just look at this prison project where we have seen them steal in excess of $ 200 million and no action and not a word in disgust said by anyone.
    This among other things needs a major investigation by the new adminstration as a matter of priority.

  5. Underdog

    I don’t get it though. Who would want to work as a warder in a Barbadian jail? Not knocking the job, but if one is going to use bribery, surely there are more comfortable jobs one would go for? Am I missing something?

  6. Wishing in Vain

    Sunshine my friend and freedom from the FBI

  7. Straight talk

    It was a warder he asked for, it was warden – the head honcho.

  8. Wishing in Vain

    warden

  9. Marcus2

    There is a first for everything! Even BFP should know that.

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